Portland, United States

Sentinel

Rates per night from$135.20

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD135.20), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Modern history

Setting

Downtown Stumptown

Sentinel has all the dignity of a century-old grand hotel, with an injection of Portland’s open-minded, open-hearted spirit. It’s in the heart of downtown, steps away from the Alder Street food market, a few blocks from the riverfront, and surrounded by many of the city’s avant garde restaurants and bars. Downstairs at Jake’s Grill you’ll get no-nonsense steaks and buttermilk pancakes, while the moody Jackknife bar serves craft cocktails and actually-let’s-not-be sharing plates. The rooms retain their original Pacific Northwest elegance, with Pendleton wool throws and trinkets from homeware boutique, Boys Fort.

Smith Extra

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A $10 credit for drinks from your in-room minibar

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

One hundred, including 20 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, with check-in from 4pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $135.20, excluding tax at 15.3 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $23.06 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates do not include the resort fee ($23.06, including tax) or breakfast. A full American breakfast is $15 for adults ($10 for children), or you can order from the Jake’s Grill menu (buttermilk pancakes are $9.99, eggs Benedict is $12.80).

Also

Guests can stop by the Domaine Serene Wine Lounge for one free pour of their choosing from Thursday to Saturday between 4pm and 11pm, and from noon to 8pm on Sundays (when live music plays too). Full wine tastings can be arranged for an extra cost.

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi, wine tasting room. In rooms: TV, minibar stocked with local snacks and liquors, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Lather bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Executive Terrace Queen rooms boast a spacious outdoor patio overlooking the Portland cityscape; it’s got a firepit too, to huddle round on chilly evenings. There's a day lounges on the Executive floor, dubbed ‘The Room at the End of the Hall’ – book a suite for exclusive access.

Packing tips

Bring your quirkiest threads and don’t forget an open mind – you’ve got to do your bit to Keep Portland Weird.

Also

All areas are accessible for wheelchair users, and some rooms have adapted bathrooms.

Pet‐friendly

Very. For a $45 flat fee, pets are treated to snacks, a toy, their own bed, and a list of local activities they can read through when you’re not looking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Portland.

Children

All ages welcome. Extra beds ($20 a night) and cots (free) can be added to rooms; some rooms are interconnecting.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Snag a spot by the window for a front-row view of Portland city life.

Dress Code

Hipsterism was practically invented here, so keep it low-key with plaid shirts and denims.

Hotel restaurant

Jake’s Grill is an American classic – it’s old-school and proud of it. Heaped plates of hearty fare are served on the starched white tablecloths for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the weekend brunch and happy hour are favourites with locals and hotel guests alike. Steaks and seafood are the no-nonsense options, along with the chef’s special buttermilk fried chicken, with cabbage, apple, bacon, and a blackberry sauce on the side.

Hotel bar

Jacknife is dark and sultry, with studded leather upholstery, reclaimed wood panelling and photographs of classic American scenes on the walls. Let the good times roll with a signature cocktail – our favourites are the Johnny Utah (Jim Beam black bourbon, Bruto Americano, black cherry, vanilla and – crucially – salt), and the Forget-Me-Not (Siete Leguas tequila, white vermouth, Avèze, Campari and orange zest).

Last orders

Jake’s Grill is open from 7am on weekdays (7.30am at weekends) until 11pm (extending to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays). Jackknife serves drinks from 3pm until 2am daily.

Room service

You can order to your room around the clock, although the overnight menu (from 11pm) is limited to panini and salads. You’re strongly encouraged to try the local pizza place (The Crown), which delivers to your room.

Location

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Address
Sentinel
614 Southwest 11th Avenue
Portland
97205
United States

Planes

Fly into Portland International Airport – Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and American Airlines all fly direct from London in around ten hours. It takes 20 minutes to get to the hotel from there by car – hotel transfers cost $15, or you can take a taxi for around $25. Call the Smith24 team for help booking all your holiday travel.

Trains

Amtrak trains chug into Union station from Seattle, Eugene and Vancouver. From there, it’s less than a mile to the hotel (ten minutes by taxi). Transfers can be arranged for $10.

Automobiles

If you’re in the midst of a Pacific Coast road trip, you can use the hotel’s valet parking service for $45 a night. Surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking and forest trails are all within a couple of hours of the city, so for an extended trip to Oregon, you’ll need your own four-wheeler.

Worth getting out of bed for

Portland is an alternative, lefty kind of place, so simply wander the streets and meet the laidback locals, or grab a Shinola bike from the hotel and explore on two wheels. The Portland Saturday Market (2 SW Naito Parkway) covers a whole lot of bases – arts, crafts, music, food, and a healthy dose of fun. If you’re seeking solace, head up to the Japanese Garden, a nine-acre oasis of calm in the West Hills (611 SW Kingston Avenue). Or stick your nose in a good book – the block-wide Powell’s City of Books (1005 W Burnside St) is the largest new and used bookshop in the world, with an impressive stock of rare and out-of-print editions.

Local restaurants

Upscale Portland City Grill does sharing plates, shallot soy-glazed ribs and chargrilled wagyu steak, with a soundtrack from the live pianist. You get city panoramas on the side, because it’s on the 30th floor of the US Bancorp skyscraper – if you’re not sure which one that is, remember its nickname, 'Big Pink' (111 SW 5th Ave). Salt cod fritters and Moorish lamb chops are two of dozens of options at tapas hangout Toro Bravo (120 NE Russell St) – sister restaurant Tasty & Alder does modern American small plates on the other side of the river (580 SW 12th Ave).

Local cafés

To get a taste for Portland’s street food scene, head to one of its food cart pods. The Alder Pod is the pick of a city-wide bunch, with a whole block of on-street options where SW Alder meets SW 9th; The Frying Scotsman does authentic British fish ‘n’ chips, while Bing Mi whips up loaded Chinese crepes.

Local bars

Quench your thirst for knowledge and cocktails at Multnomah Whiskey Library (1124 SW Alder St), where the bartenders-cum-historians mix Old Fashioneds and house specialties for their loyal local members (as an outsider, you’ll have to try your luck with a walk-in). The downstairs Green Room looks like the kind of place the Wizard of Oz would hang out – especially if he knew how good the drinks are. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury hotel in Portland and unpacked their craft beer and liquor fresh from Distillery Row, a full account of their Stumptown break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sentinel in Portland, Oregon…

Sentinel has seen it all. The east wing was built in 1909 as the Seward Hotel – an grandiose addition to the grubby downtown of industrial Portland, which was poverty-stricken despite the riches brought by a booming timber industry. In 1923, an equally schmancy building went up next door, constructed by the hoity-toity gentlemen’s club, the Elks. Rebranded as the Governor Hotel, the two buildings were joined in 1992, but there was one problem: Portland had evolved into a hub of counterculture and creativity in the meantime, and the grand old hotel was now a tired remnant of the past. It was only in 2012 that the Portland-based Provenance Hotels group came to the rescue, with a makeover that combines its original splendour with Portland’s alternative, independent character. There was a new name too, inspired by the watchful figure on the old Elks building. For over a hundred years Sentinel has remained, a caring grandfather keeping an eye over this ever-changing city.

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